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Archaeologists have revealed the face of an Egyptian princess who lived almost 4,000 years ago by painstakingly piecing together the wooden shards of her sarcophagus. 

The fragments expose the likeness of a royal, possibly Princess Hatshepset, daughter of Pharoah Ameny Qemau, who lived towards the end of Egypt's Middle Kingdom. 

Her image will be seen for the first time on Channel 4's Egypt's Lost Pyramid programme, which follows the two-year excavation and study of the royal's final resting place. 

The pyramid from the 13th dynasty was found in Dahshur's royal necropolis, 20 miles south of Cairo, in 2017, and was found to have been ransacked by thieves after it was opened.

The coffin had been split open so that the priceless jewels could be ripped from her corpse, before the royal's bones were scattered across the floor.

Archaeologists have revealed the face of an Egyptian princess that lived almost 4,000 years ago by painstakingly piecing together the wooden shards of her sarcophagus

Archaeologists have revealed the face of an Egyptian princess that lived almost 4,000 years ago by painstakingly piecing together the wooden shards of her sarcophagus

The fragments were found after the tomb, possibly belonging to Princess Hatshepset, daughter of Pharoah Ameny Qemau, was opened in Dahshur, Egypt

The fragments were found after the tomb, possibly belonging to Princess Hatshepset, daughter of Pharoah Ameny Qemau, was opened in Dahshur, Egypt

She was buried around a mile from the tomb of her father Ameny Qemau, who is buried in the black pyramid (pictured)

She was buried around a mile from the tomb of her father Ameny Qemau, who is buried in the black pyramid (pictured)

Archaeologists at the American University of Cairo cleaned the pieces before placing them in formation.

It reveals the face of a woman who is wearing a hathor wig, a powerful symbol of fertility, that was very popular during the Middle Kingdom. 

'Coffins normally had features that were similar to the owner but idealised because that's what they would look like for eternity', Egyptologist Dr Yasmin El Shazly said. 

'Why would I want to look ugly for eternity?'

When the granite block was first moved in 2017, it revealed a disturbed burial ground which contained shattered bits of wood.

The box containing the canopic jars, which held her liver, lungs, stomach and intestines, also remained. On one side it says 'daughter of the king' written in hieroglyphs.  

The burial complex, which once had a pyramid above it, was uncovered in 2017. The pyramid eroded away after the precious limestone covering was removed, leaving the mud-stones exposed to the elements

The burial complex, which once had a pyramid above it, was uncovered in 2017. The pyramid eroded away after the precious limestone covering was removed, leaving the mud-stones exposed to the elements

American archaeologist Mark Lehner pictured with the black pyramid. He goes on the first filmed tour inside the structure in Channel 4's Egypt's Lost Pyramid programme which airs on Sunday at 8pm

American archaeologist Mark Lehner pictured with the black pyramid. He goes on the first filmed tour inside the structure in Channel 4's Egypt's Lost Pyramid programme which airs on Sunday at 8pm

The assertion that this is Princess Hatshepset's tomb comes from an inscription on the box containing the canopic jars, reports Live Science.

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